Title: Zeppelin City
Author: Eileen Gunn & Michael Swanwick
In: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (Sean Wallace)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Steampunk
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Come with me a minute.
Radio, Amelia and Ruddy live in a word that is governed by the Naked Brain. But things are about to change. Drastically.
I don’t know where to put this story in my head and my heart. I really enjoyed the ways in which Radio, Amelia and Ruddy’s different journeys all intermingled together to structure the entire story. I loved the idea of a set of weird, bodiless brains controlling the population and the commentary on how technology rules our lives. Or at least, that’s what I got out of it.
Jumping between three characters in a short story can feel very chaotic and unwieldy. And it did a little in this short tale, but not overbearingly so. Actually, the feeling of confusion added to the storyline and the sense of the three key characters running around in a world in which they have no control. It worked amazingly well and in a way that I didn’t in the slightest expect.
I’m finding as I go through The Mammoth Book of Steampunk that the storylines are intense, emotional and using techniques and storylines that I have never come across before. Something which I am completely loving. And this was certainly one of the best tales for this.
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